‘Unmanned Mission Impossible’ - 4 Steps to Conquering the UAV Human Machine Interface
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UAV and UAS have emerged as revolutionary platform in modern combat thanks to missions in OIF and OEF. From early origins in the 1990’s, the programs have grown to more than 260 UAV variants operating from or being being developed in over 50 countries. Distinct new classes of airframes have been created. Among these are the SUAS, TUAS, MALE, HALE, LEMV and UCAS. Capabilities for UAV and UAS now stretch to 7 days of airborne time, altitudes of more than 70,000 feet and over 3,000 lbs of payload. Worldwide investment in this technology is estimated at US $6 Billion this year and is projected to rise to US $55 Billion by 2020.
But these figures, while impressive, do not provide the whole story, which is the pace of technological advancement feeding these unmanned aerial systems. Proponents of Moore’s Law (of Integrated Circuits) suggest that computer capabilities should double every 18 months to 2 years. This amounts to a logarithmic increase in system performance.
A paradigm shift is likely to occur within ‘present to near-future’ timelines and military forces need to be actively planning to be ready and to take advantage of these giant leaps in capability.
Keven Gambold, Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force (RAF), offers the following, "Computers will have the same processing power as the human brain by 2020. That is a fact, not science fiction. To my mind, we are not prepared for what is coming."
Join us in an exciting webinar featuring Keven Gambold as he challenges "accepted wisdom" within the current UAV fields. Participants will learn:
- What the future holds for UAV designs and what they will need to look like. Also capabilities they will bring to the table, including much larger unmanned airframe (Boeing 737) operations
- A look at exclusive ‘out of the box’ design considerations directly from a UAV pilot and an expert in Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)
- The key issues facing UAV regulation that licensing regulating agencies should address (i.e., Commercial Pilot’s License)
- What's in a name – what the industry leaders are talking about with Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) instead of UAVS?
- What could be possibilities in the post-Afghanistan climate when unmanned systems will be given other missions?
Register yourself—and a team of key people—today!
Keven Gambold, Squadron Leader RAF (Retired), recently completed 21 years of active duty service with the Royal Air Force as a front-line combat pilot. Having logged 1500 hours in Tornado GR4 fast-jets, including active participation in all recent multi-national conflicts, Gambold joined a Combined Predator Task Force logging over 1500 hours combat flying and two deployments to Launch-Recovery Elements. He completed his tour as the senior Standards Evaluator and the project officer for both Multi-Aircraft Control (MAC) and Advanced UAV Cockpit programs. With a Masters in Aeronautical Operations and a Commercial Pilots License, he holds the position of Operations Director at Unmanned Experts.